Historical Letters of the Staples Family

Submitted by Dolores Davidson, 2001.


Below are two letters concerning the Staples Family and their history.

Scammel STAPLES, son of Revolutionary War Soldier Isaac STAPLES--Born at Mendon, Mass., Nov. 23, 1764. Died at Jamestown, N. Y., May 23, 1848, aged 83 years and 6 months. Grave in Lake View Cemetery, city of Jamestown. Enlisted Feb. 8, 1781, for a term of 3 years in Capt. Amidon's Company, Col. Tyler's Reg't, Mass. Militia. Also as private in Capt. Joseph Killam's Company, Col. Rufus Putnam's Reg't. Was described at that time as "statue 5 feet, 5 in., complexion dark, occupation farmer." His wife, Esther BENSON Staples, was born in the year 1767 and died Aug. 31, 1855. Their children were: as he explains in the letter ;

Permelia, m KEITH,
Phila, m Elijah CODY
Sibbel, Sylvester w ELDRIDGE of Gerry NY
Abraham, No family d Jamestown
Roxanna never married lived Jamestown
Esther, m Moses TAFT
Marenda , m Aaron TAYLOR by Jamestown NY

SCAMMEL STAPLES author of the letter, b 12/29/1798 m to ,Minerva MEAD of Marcellus NY, 4 children, Tryphena m to BADGER to Erie PA, Marthan to BRIGGS of Ellington Chautauqua CO NY, George W Staples to Ohio, and Frank Staples to Erie CO PA where he was Sheriff FRANK E. STAPLES - High Sheriff of Erie County PA, was born in Clymer , NY , March 14, 1842, son of Scammel and Minerva MEAD Staples, natives of Massachusetts. His grandfather, Isaac STAPLES, was a soldier in the Revolution, and the father of the subject of this sketch was named after Col. Scammel, the Colonel under whom he served. Scammel STAPLES was for several years one of the keepers of the State Penitentiary at Auburn , NY , but his health failing, he retired to farm life. For more than half a century he was widely known as a local minister of the M. E. Church. Frank E. STAPLES, the subject of this sketch, spent his early years working during the summer, by the day and month, as a farm laborer, and attending school in winter. In 1860 he located in Corry, Pennsylvania , engaged in railroading, and for twelve years held various positions as a Constable, Fire Warden, and member of the Council. In 1871 he moved to Union City ; was elected Constable, and appointed Special Deputy Sheriff, and also engaged in commercial business. Jan. 1, 1880, he was appointed Warden of Erie County Jail, and in May following Deputy Sheriff, and Deputy U. S. Marshall, and in Nov., 1882, was elected Sheriff of Erie Co. He is widely known as a capable and efficient officer. Mr. STAPLES was married in 1860, to Myra A., daughter of Capt. Ebenezer GREEN , of Ellington , NY and they have three children: George L., Hattie E. and Hawley S."

Ira Franklin, FRANK, in Sweden NY died young left a wife and child there
Maria, married to forgotten SMITH to MI, Warren B., b 1803 widowed twice 1 wife was Fanny CROSS lived with son BENSON Staples in Ellington NY.
Fanny Minerva, died 1825 Cayuga CO NY not married.
Eveline. m to HENMAN lived near Jamestown
Marinda married Aaron Taylor,
Isaac Staples was buried beside her husband in Lake View Cemetery.